Have you ever walked into a sports store and stared blankly at the wall of running shoes in front of you wondering what the difference between them all is? Do you usually just go for the pair that look the best, or match your workout clothes? Ever found that your ankles or shins hurt when you run? If so then this post should help solve the great running shoe mystery.
If you run then your running shoes are important. Forget what they look like, forget the brand, forget the marketing bullshit. We all run differently, so we all have different needs when it comes to running shoes. Before we discuss your running shoe options Here’s a quick rundown on why your choice of running shoes is important.
Heads up, you may not have perfect running biomechanics, that’s okay. Want to know what’s not okay? Ignoring it! There really is no excuse, most running stores offer free gait analysis to determine how your foot interacts with the road surface when you run. In less than 5 minutes you will know whether you are a neutral, efficient runner, or if you over-pronate or supinate when you run. If you have no idea what that means then don’t worry, this simple diagram illustrating how a runners RIGHT leg interacts with the road when running should help clear things up.
A Neutral runners foot will land on or near the heel, roll slightly inward to cushion the impact. Your foot then rolls slightly to the outside and stiffens to create a springboard to propel your next step. Roll in, roll out, repeat. Simple.
An Over-pronating runner will exaggerate the foot’s natural inward roll, buckling the ankle excessively. It is a common trait that affects the majority of runners, leaving them at risk of knee and ankle pain and injury. Over-pronators need stability or motion control shoes which are firmer on the instep reducing the ability to roll the foot quite as much. Quickly check your running shoes, if they are worn more on the instep than the outside, chances are you over-pronate
Supination is an outward rolling of the foot resulting in insufficient impact reduction at landing. Relatively few runners supinate, but those who do need shoes with plenty of cushioning and flexibility. This is the opposite of over-pronation. If your running shoes are worn on the outside more than the instep then it’s pretty likely you supinate.
So you see it is incredibly important that you consider how you run when choosing your running shoes. If you experience pain of any kind when you run, your shoes may be part of the problem. So which shoes are best for you. Below I have identified shoes in each category to help make those runs more enjoyable.
BUY THIS if you are a NEUTRAL runner
Brooks PureConnect 2
This is my shoe of choice this year. I’m on my fourth pair and I will be buying my fifth pair sooner rather than later. I’m not a big believer in ‘barefoot’ running but this is a pretty minimalist shoe, and I believe in this shoe. A 4mm drop from heel to toe earns this shoe a place at the minimalist running shoe table, but somehow it feels to be much more cushioned than it’s competitors. The shoe also has surprisingly pleasing arch support. There are some negatives. Shoe life could be better, these babies will max out at about 200 miles. That may sound like a lot but if you run a lot it really isn’t. Maybe that’s the sacrifice for the superior feel and cushioning in such a minimalist shoe. The design may not be to everybody’s liking, DEAL WITH IT! If you’ve been tempted to dip your toe into minimalist running shoes but were a little unsure or afraid then fear no more, these are the shoes for you.
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BUY THIS if you OVER-PRONATE
Saucony ProGrid Stabil CS 3
So here’s the truth, most ‘Motion-Control’ shoes suck in comparison to their cooler, lighter, sexier neutral or minimalist cousins. They’re generally chunkier, heavier and, well, uglier! That’s changing. These kicks are part of the new wave. Think of them as that kid in school who turned out to be a late bloomer. You know the one. They were kind of chubby, socially awkward, a bit shy. 5 years go by and BOOM, they’re super successful, their skin has cleared up and they have a super hot girlfriend. Well, this is the new Saucony Stabil CS 3. It’s dual compound foam makes sure you don’t roll your foot in too far, it will do it’s best to keep you’re shin splints and knee pain away. Here’s the kicker, it doesn’t weight the same as a London bus and doesn’t look like one either. It’s significantly lighter than most of it’s chunkier competitors (up to 60g) and it shares some of the same good looks of it’s sexier sibling the Saucony Kinvara 4. If you over-pronate, and there’s a reasonable chance you do then check them out.
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BUY THIS if you SUPINATE
Asics Gel Cumulus 15 g-tx
If you supinate, then you are not absorbing the shock caused by running as you should and it’s more likely that you will develop injuries like shin splints or worse still plantar fasciitis. Of course you should learn to run better, but while you do you should run in as much comfort as you can. Meet the Asics Gel Cumulus 15. This is the younger brother to Asics top level cushioning shoe the Gel Nimbus 15, but this model measures up to the Nimbus in almost every way, and it will save you £30 or so. This shoe is all about cushioning and comfort. Don’t get sucked in by the minimalist hype, if you need cushioning shoes then go get them, go get these. I ran in the Nimbus for years and can’t tell any real discernible difference between the two. An excellent all-rounder.
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